This month's developments include:
We release of our latest report Educate and Empower: Tools for Building Community Wealth.
- In the New York Times, Democracy Collaborative Co-Founder Gar Alperovitz and Research Director Thomas Hanna wrote about the prevalence of public ownership in the United States and how conservative states like Texas, Alaska, and Nebraska have embraced it as a means to provide social services and lower the public’s tax burden.
- In The Nation, Gar marked the seventieth anniversary of Hiroshima by challenging Americans to face the reality that the atomic bombings were not, in fact, a matter of military necessity.
The Next System Project was cited in MintPress News and Gar discussed the effort on WBAI’s Building Bridges radio program and in an interview with Social Capital Markets (SOCAP).
In a piece for Medium, Director of Communications John Duda emphasized the need to think critically about who benefits from solar energy development, highlighting institutions and policies that are building wealth in low-income communities and communities of color while at the same time creating a more sustainable energy system.
The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) profiled The Democracy Collaborative and the work of BALLE Local Economy Fellow Steve Dubb.
Recommended reads: Capitalism for Everyone: Encouraging Companies to Adopt Employee Ownership Programs and Broad-Based Profit Sharing from the Center for American Progress; Realizing Possibilities of the Connected Economy from the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society; City Financial Inclusion Efforts: A National Overview from the National League of Cities; and Building Financial Capability: A Planning Guide for Integrated Services from CFED.
Featured websites: Community Wealth Building, Metro Denver’s Economic Prosperity Network; and Racial Equity Tools